Buford talks first high-major offer

Dante Buford may not live in the state of South Carolina anymore but that didn't stop him from getting excited when the Gamecocks became his first high-major offer. Find out more on his recruitment in this update on GamecockAnthem.

It seems like a long time ago since Dante Buford played basketball for a school based in South Carolina.

Though, he may never play high school again in the state, one college reached out and offered the bouncy, 6-foot-7 forward last week.

"(South Carolina) coach (Frank Martin) text me one night and said that he liked the way I played," Buford said. "I told him I appreciated him coming down, and he was saying that he likes the way I play and wanted me to know I have an offer."

The Gamecocks are the first BCS conference school to offer Buford, who re-classed to the 2014 class when he moved to North Carolina last year to play at Oakwood School for his sophomore season.

According to Buford, UNC Wilmington, Radford, Old Dominion, Wichita State, College of Charleston and FIU had already offered him, with Cincinnati, Miami, Clemson and VCU showing interest.

"I was excited, I was really excited," Buford said of the offer. "I realized I'm taking another step in my life and accomplishing my goals."

Martin is personally heading Buford's recruitment, something that he's taken notice of.

"That's the best it can get — knowing that it's the head coach that's interested in you and talking to you," he said." He's a great guy."

Buford, who played at Hillcrest High School in Simpsonville, S.C., is now at Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville, Fla.), and that's where Martin took in a workout before offering Buford about a week later.

"Everyone likes to represent their home state," said Buford on his thoughts of getting the attention of a high-major school, especially one that was one of his child-hood favorites. "It's all falling into place."

Buford also spoke about his recent move to ACD from Oakwood.

"I didn't really have a lot of time to check out other schools. I've known (my coach) for a while, and my mom took a trip down here and she had a good vibe. So, we just went with it. Everyone at Oak wood left, so that's why I was looking for a new school."

Arlington Country Day is a school that pumps out division 1 talent yearly, including former 2012 commits Ian Baker and Carlos Morris. "I'm learning a lot," Buford said of the experience. "We have a great coaching staff."

Buford is considering visiting southern Florida with teammates that are being recruited by Miami and FIU.

"I'm supposed to be going with Brandon Francis and a couple other players," he said.

As far as a trip to visit South Carolina, one is in the works. A couple of coaches from Buford's former AAU program were in Columbia this past week taking in some workouts of the Gamecocks.

"My former AAU coach with the South Carolina Raptors Elite was trying to figure out a visit," he said. "They went down to Columbia this week."

Buford doesn't know when he wants to commit to a school, but he says he'll probably wait until his senior season right after the AAU season next summer.

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